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14 Pieces of Life Advice

Grandparents

Your grandparents give advice that stands the test of time.

The great benefit of living with, working for, or being related to people who have experienced more of life than you have is picking their brain for advice.

The most effective people learn from their own mistakes, and make a significant effort to learn from other people’s errors as well.

A recent Quora thread asked users for the best advice they’ve ever gotten.

Here are a few of the greatest excerpts, lightly edited for clarity:

Never say “but.”

“A very smart woman I worked with once told me that if I eliminated the word ‘but’ from my professional vocabulary, I’d find greater acceptance for my ideas, and greater cooperation from my team members… The word ‘but’ negates everything that precedes it, and you cast a negative spin on anything you say when you use it… ‘But’ is exclusive and isolating; ‘and’ is inclusive and welcoming.” —Quora user Marsha Browne

You never get anything unless you ask.

“It was a professor in my university, but I believe its origin is from somebody famous: If you don’t ask, the answer is always ‘no’.” —Quora user Joe Yasman

Think before you complain.

“Don’t complain. I think it was phrased as something like, ‘Do you ever listen to someone complaining and think, This is a great conversation!?’ Being negative doesn’t help others, and it doesn’t help you.” —Quora user Steve Carnagua

Time is the one thing you never get back.

“A mentor I had some years ago told me that time is the one thing that you can never get back. If you look at it as an asset, you can donate it, spend it, or waste it. Whatever you do with it, it is gone once it passes.” —Quora user Karen Meyer

Read more at Business Insider.

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This entry was posted on May 5, 2014 by in Career, Romance.
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